In a startling revelation, it has been reported that Brig. Gen. Amit Saar, the head of the IDF’s Military Intelligence Research Department, delivered two urgent warnings to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu earlier this year. The cautionary letters, dated March 19 and July 16, raised concerns about escalating domestic tensions and their potential exploitation by groups such as Hezbollah and Hamas to undermine Israel’s interests.
The focal point of these warnings was Netanyahu’s proposed overhaul of the Judicial Appointments Committee, a move aimed at addressing perceived court overreach.
The subsequent shock of Hamas’ cross-border attacks on October 7 and Israel’s declaration of war in Gaza prompted members of the government to label the judicial overhaul as abandoned.
According to the Haaretz report, Saar highlighted in his letters that Israel was facing a severe crisis, unprecedented and threatening its cohesion.
He emphasized that adversaries like Iran, Hezbollah, and Hamas viewed this weakness as an opportunity to hasten Israel’s troubles, potentially leading to its collapse.
Furthermore, the intelligence chief expressed concerns about the political divisions within the country, warning that they were hindering Israel from taking necessary security measures, allowing risks to escalate.
The failure to anticipate the October 7 attack, resulting in 1200 Israeli casualties, has drawn scrutiny, especially considering Israel’s robust intelligence apparatus in the region.
Despite substantial investments in tracking and blocking Hamas’s networks, Israel was caught off guard by the sophisticated attack that involved coordinated land, air, and sea strikes.
The current conflict draws comparisons to the surprise attack during the Yom Kippur War of October 1973.
As Israel grapples with internal strife and external threats, the revelations from the intelligence chief’s warnings underscore the complexity and urgency of addressing both domestic issues and security concerns for the nation’s stability.